And Still Pursuing Impossible Desires, 1995



And Still Pursuing Impossible Desires
2134 x 2134 x 2134 mm | 84 x 84 x 84 in
Steel, aluminium, MDF, mirror, fluorescent lights and painted resin
Image: Photographed by Stephen White © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012


Solo Exhibition - 1996
Gagosian Gallery, Wooster Street, New York, United States
Group Exhibition - 1995
South London Gallery, London, United Kingdom


‘And Still Pursuing Impossible Desires’ was first exhibited at ‘Minky Manky’, a group show curated by Carl Freedman at the South London Gallery.

The work is part of Hirst’s ‘Mental Escapology’ series and alludes to “a fairground kind of magic”.[1] He explains: “When you first see it, you’ll think it’s a floating sphere, but then, as you look closely, you’ll see your own reflection and you’ll see it’s done with mirrors. So at first you’ll think, ‘How is that possible?’ But then you’ll understand how it’s done. So it becomes a sculpture about desire, desire without location.”[2]

[1] Damien Hirst cited in ‘Like People, Like Flies: Damien Hirst Interviewed’, Mirta D’Argenzio, ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy: Selected Works from 1989–2004’ (Electa Napoli, 2004), 160

[2] Damien Hirst cited in, ‘An Interview’, Carl Freedman, ‘Minky Manky’ (South London Gallery, 1995)